Reintroducing sea otters is good for the environment and the economy, and both matter

Reintroducing sea otters is good for the environment and the economy, and both matter

Does the thought of coming face-to-face with a predator terrify you? Wish they would all just disappear? Not so fast. Eliminating predators is one of the major ways humans damage ecosystems, since many predators act as a keystone species that hold complex food webs together. Predator removal may seem reasonable due to concerns over human […]

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Furry engineers: sea otters in California’s estuaries surprise scientists

Furry engineers: sea otters in California’s estuaries surprise scientists

When Brent Hughes started studying the seagrass beds of Elkhorn Slough, an estuary in Monterey Bay on California’s central coast, he was surprised by what he found. In this highly polluted estuary, excessive nutrients from agricultural runoff spur the growth of algae on seagrass leaves, which kills the plants. Yet in 2010, Hughes noticed that […]

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